“If you have built castles in the air, your work need not be lost; that is where they should be. Now put the foundations under them.” —Henry David Thoreau “I’m in a castle standing in a tower, looking down through a window at the beautiful garden, the sun setting in the distance. The beauty in … More Daydreaming
“Just smiling at someone walking down the street can make the person’s day. It’s all about paying it forward.” — Mariska Hargitay To experience an example of what it means to make someone’s day, I only needed to step out my front doorway the other morning and encounter the surprise handiwork of nine-year-old neighbor friend … More Reason to smile!
“A tulip doesn’t strive to impress anyone. It doesn’t struggle to be different than a rose. It doesn’t have to. It is different. And there’s room in the garden for every flower.” — Marianne Williamson * * * Beauty in numbers — Photo by Mary O’Connor © 2018
“I am a gourmand. I like to eat. When I have something that I like, I tend to have too much of it. That is a guilty pleasure.” — Joel Robuchon * * * Culprit: caught in the act — Photos by Mary O’Connor © 2018
Don’t smother each other. No one can grow in the shade.” — Leo Buscaglia Blue Bottle — Photo by Jan Logozzo © 2017
both the color and the smell. And the sound (be quiet so you can hear it).” “There’s a few things I’ve learned in life: always throw salt over your left shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, plant lavender for good luck, and fall in love whenever you can.” * * … More “I love lavender—
they will remember with gratitude how we took them along on all our picnics.” — Bill Vaughan By the way, as English satirist Craig Brown once said, “Children are perfectly happy to sit next to spiders; it is only grown-ups who are frightened away.” * * * Black and yellow Argiopes spider, and the garden … More “We hope that, when the insects take over the world,
Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.—Unknown * * * Day lilies photo by Mary O’Connor © 2015
In our effort to improve on nature, we are guided by a vision of paradise. Whether the result is a horticultural masterpiece or only a modest vegetable patch, it is based on the expectation of a glorious future. This hope for the future is at the heart of all gardening.” — Marina Schinz “If you … More “To create a garden is to search for a better world.
of literature and poetry, of painting and music, of religion and architecture, all make the point as clear as possible: The soul cannot thrive in the absence of a garden. If you don’t want paradise, you are not human; and if you are not human, you don’t have a soul.” — Thomas More * * … More “The many great gardens of the world,